MOBILE, Ala. – Appalachian State University women’s basketball (16-13, 10-8 SBC) grinded to a 59-50 win over South Alabama (20-9, 9-9 SBC) on Saturday afternoon in the Mitchell Center.
With the win, the Mountaineers secure the fifth seed in the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament. Appalachian will play the winner of the No. 8 and 9 seed on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals.
Appalachian records its first winning record, first Sun Belt winning mark and the highest finish in the league under head coach Angel Elderkin. The 16 wins and counting are the most since the 2012-13 season.
Four players scored in double figures in the victory. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was excellent down low with her seventh double-double of the season. The sophomore scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field with a game-high 13 rebounds. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) and Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) both scored 12 points in the victory. Stanley and Polacek combined for five of the Apps’ seven assists. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central scored 11 points while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) rounded out the leading scorers with eight points.
It was a low-scoring game affair with both teams shooting under 40 percent from the floor. The Mountaineers improved to 15-0 when holding opponents to under 70 points after limiting South Alabama to just 25 percent shooting from the field and 17.4 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Holding a 41-40 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers put together a 7-0 run with back-to-back layups from Plummer and Polacek before Wilson hit one of her two 3-pointers to go up 48-40.
South Alabama pulled to with four, 48-44, but the Mountaineers wouldn’t let the Jaguars any closer thanks to a 6-0 burst with a bucket from Plummer and consecutive field goals from Stanley to go up by 10, 54-44. Appalachian held South Alabama to 1-of-11 shooting over the final 4:24 of the game to keep the Jags’ offense at bay.